A soldier’s memories: Burnbrae Gardens resident recounts his military service

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash is pictured here in his uniform in front of the memorial the home has created for Remembrance Day.

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash is pictured here in his uniform in front of the memorial the home has created for Remembrance Day.

Phillip Ash served a combined 42 years in the army and Veterans Affairs Canada

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash has dedicated his life to military service. This is evidenced by his medals that are so numerous they barely fit onto the uniform he proudly wears. Read more

Burnbrae residents catch Olympic fever

Decked out in red and white, Burnbrae Gardens residents are seen here cheering on Canada while watching the Olympics on TV.

Decked out in red and white, Burnbrae Gardens residents are seen here cheering on Canada while watching the Olympics on TV.

Staff members’ ingenuity brings out spirit of Summer Games

Burnbrae Gardens residents displayed their national pride on Sunday by getting decked out in Canada’s national colours of red and white and waving the Maple Leaf as they cheered on the country’s Olympic athletes. Read more

OMNI homes ensuring quality resident experiences

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Recent stories showcase the variety of ways quality of life is heightened every day

Promoting quality in OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes is not just about delivery of the best care possible, it’s also about the resident experience. Read more

VIDEO: Have a dance party or a quality meeting? Check out this week’s quality skits!

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To have a dance party or a quality meeting? This is the question a puppet named Reta Rector asked during OMNI Health Care’s manager’s forum. Read more

103-year-old Burnbrae Gardens resident helps trim branches outside her room

Burnbrae Gardens resident Madeline McCarthy helps maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery trim branches in a bush in the yard of the Campbellford long-term care home.

Burnbrae Gardens resident Madeline McCarthy helps maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery trim branches in a bush in the yard of the Campbellford long-term care home.

‘I can see outside better now,’ says Madeline McCarthy

Madeline McCarthy can see much better out of the window in her room at Burnbrae Gardens, now that she has helped trim bushes in the Campbellford long-term care home’s yard that were obstructing her view.

The 103-year-old resident at the Campbellford long-term care home approached staff members recently and told them about the offending branches and offered to help maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery prune them.

So, that’s what the two did last Thursday morning. Madeline told staff they’d need a wheelbarrow and hedge clippers to do the job, so everything was organized for them. The pair went outside, and Madeline held the branches while Harrison cut them with hedge clippers.

“She was really excited to be able to go outside and help Harrison,” administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux tells The OMNIway.

“Madeline is always in her room, reading her books and looking out the window, so it’s important for her to be able to see outside.”

Madeline, an avid gardener all her life, was more than happy to help. And she enjoys being active and doing things for herself – she once fixed the roof of her house when she was in her 80s.

“She is a determined lady,” April says.

Madeline says she was glad to help trim the hedges and is once again enjoying the view.

“I can see outside better now – and (the trimmed branches) look good,” she says.

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Burnbrae working to strengthen BSO team

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‘Excited’ interdepartmental team attends workshop

A group of team members from Burnbrae Gardens recently attended a Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) workshop to support the home’s BSO team development. Read more

Burnbrae Gardens residents miss OMNI vans

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‘It was a wonderful way for the residents to be able to get out,’ says life enrichment aide

Frank Trombley still misses the outings he enjoyed when one of the three 12-passenger vans provided by OMNI Health Care ended up at Burnbrae Gardens long-term care home in Campbellford where he lives.

The vans were rotated through OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes, and once every six weeks or so, Burnbrae Gardens had access to one of them for about six days.

“We used the van every single day it was here,” life enrichment aide (LEA) Karen Lloyd says. “We went everywhere. … It was wonderful to have them while we had them. Throughout the years we took many residents out in the van.”

Trombley says he loved getting out to the mall to pick out a special gift for his wife for her birthday or at Christmas. He also enjoyed a meal once in a while at a restaurant in one of the nearby cities – clam chowder with shrimp at the Red Lobster in Peterborough, for example.

“I miss outings,” Trombley adds. “We went on outings like to the fire hall; we went to the Canadian Air Museum; we went around to see the Christmas lights. My hobby used to be flying model airplanes, and when we had the van, I’d meet with a group every morning at the Tim Hortons.

“So I do miss all that stuff . … You know, if you’ve been here for seven years like I have, you sure like to get out once in a while.”
Lloyd says some residents still ask about the van and wonder when it will be at the home again.

OMNI Health Care made the decision to take the vans out of service less than a year ago largely due to new safety standards imposed through the commercial vehicle operator registry.

The new standards require all drivers to obtain a new type of licence, called a Class F licence, which could have been difficult for some staff, though Karen say she was completely prepared to work on getting it. In fact, she had studied all the material and was ready to write the required test when the news came that the vans had not passed the new safety review.

Burnbrae Gardens is now turning to the local public transportation available, including an accessible bus. It’s definitely not as cost-effective for the residents or as handy in terms of scheduling as the vans, Lloyd says. However, residents do still have the opportunity to get out, and a number will be enjoying a trip to the Quinte Mall just before Christmas.

In the meantime, Lloyd is happy to see a story shared about how much the vans were appreciated at Burnbrae Gardens.

“It’s nice to know other people will read it and see that we did enjoy the van when we had it; it was a wonderful way for the residents to be able to get out,” Lloyd says.

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(VIDEO) Burnbrae Gardens celebrates Madeline McCarthy’s 103th birthday

CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. – Madeline McCarthy’s 103rd birthday was celebrated by her fellow residents at Burnbrae Gardens, family members and the home’s staff on Sept. 17. Read more

Burnbrae RAI co-ordinator ‘a real bright light’

Burnbrae Gardens RAI co-co-ordinator Becky Brownson poses with her Inspired Leader award.

Burnbrae Gardens RAI co-co-ordinator Becky Brownson poses with her Inspired Leader award.

Becky Brownson’s willingness to go above and beyond for others earns her an Inspired Leader award

CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. – If there’s one characteristic that stands out about Burnbrae Gardens RAI co-ordinator Becky Brownson, it’s her willingness to always stop what she’s doing to help others, says April Faux. Read more

Being proactive has helped Burnbrae Gardens eliminate pressure ulcers

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‘Prevention is first and foremost, but if you see something, it’s crucial to be proactive’

Closely monitoring residents and being proactive has helped ensure people living at Burnbrae Gardens do not have Stage 2 to 4 pressure ulcers. Read more